Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump, First Lady honor National Teacher of the Year at White House

President Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump honored Sydney Chaffee, a humanities teacher at Dorchester, Massachusetts’ Codman Academy, as the 2017 National Teacher of the Year at the White House on Wednesday.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome so many extraordinary teachers to the White House,” the president said as he welcomed 55 Teachers of the Year from different states. “Each of you has dedicated yourself to inspiring young minds and to putting our children on a path to happiness and success – lots of success.”

“Today, we honor one teacher in particular,” Trump continued. “She is the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee.”

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Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump signs executive order pulling federal government out of K-12 education

In a move meant to follow through on promises he made to conservatives during the 2016 campaign, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to rein in federal control of education in the United States.

The order, which Trump signed while flanked by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Vice President Mike Pence and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, initiates a process that could see substantial changes made to K-12 education in the United States, the clearest signal yet that Trump hopes to put his stamp on the Education Department before his 100th day in office on Saturday.

“We know that local communities do it best and know it best,” Trump said, calling the order “another critical step to restoring local control, which is so important.”

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Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump summons senators for briefing on North Korea

Several Senate Republicans described the full Senate briefing on North Korea at the White House Wednesday as a thorough accounting of the administration’s diplomatic and military options when it comes to dealing with Kim Jong Un.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called it “a long and detailed briefing.”

“The military is obviously planning for a number of options, as they should — minimal military action to more significant action,” Cruz said. “It’s of course the hope of the administration and Congress that military action isn’t necessary. If there’s a clear and imminent threat to the U.S., our military needs to be prepared to act and I believe they are prepared to act to keep our country safe.”

The senators were invited at the personal invitation of President Donald Trump after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, requested a briefing. The president stopped by the briefing at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds.

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Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump speaks with Mexican, Canadian leaders about renegotiating NAFTA

The White House released this statement Wednesday evening:

Late this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump spoke with both President Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. Both conversations were pleasant and productive. President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries. President Trump said, “it is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation. It is an honor to deal with both President Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Trudeau, and I believe that the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.

Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump orders review of protected federal lands

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ordering a review of the status of tens of thousands of acres of federally protected public lands — a controversial move likely to draw fire from environmental groups and others.

The president, joined at the Department of the Interior by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Vice President Mike Pence, called out past “abuse” of the Antiquities Act, which gives the president unilateral authority to designate national monuments.

“The Antiquities Act does not give the federal government unlimited power to lock up millions of acres of land and water and it’s time we ended this abusive practice,” the president said.

The order focuses on the past 20 years of national monument designations outlined in the Antiquities Act and spanning more than 100,000 acres, administration officials said.

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Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump signs executive orders, meets with senators on North Korea

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:20 am: Makes remarks and signs an order to review federally protected land designations; Department of the Interior

12:30 pm: Lunch with Vice President Pence

1:30 pm: Meets with Secretary of State Tillerson

2:30 pm: Participates in a federalism event with Governors and signs the Education Federalism Executive Order; Roosevelt Room

3:00 pm: Drops by a briefing for senators on North Korea; Eisenhower Executive Office Building

4:30 pm: Holds a National Teacher of the Year event

Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump unveils plan for tax cuts

Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals — outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America’s tangle of tax code rules.

His proposal, a one-page sketch short on detail, would reduce the top corporate tax rate by 20 percentage points and allow private business owners to claim the new lower rate for their take-home pay. It would whittle the number of tax brackets for individuals from seven to three, lower the top tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent and double the standard amount taxpayers could deduct. Continue reading “Wed, Apr. 26, 2017: Trump unveils plan for tax cuts”